A will is vital if you’re going to protect your loved ones–and yourself.
Here’s our quick guide.
More than 33 million people don’t have a will in place and it’s estimated that one out of three people die without one.
Yet if you’re married, have a partner, have children, run a business or own property, a will is a must—for at least five good reasons:
1. It will help your family
No one wants their family and loved ones left with nothing in the event of an untimely death.
A will gives them one less thing to worry about at a time of intense grief.
2. It will save money
Writing a will can save a ton of money on inheritance tax, which stipulates that if your estate is worth more than 325,000 any excess will be taxed at 40%.
By sorting out its worth before you die, you can minimise the charge.
Talk to your solicitor, as they will know exactly how to help you.
3. It will protect your family name
4. It’s not as expensive as you think
One reason people put off writing a will is the thought of the expense.
In fact, a will is so important that you really shouldn’t let the cost deter you.
Even so, if you prepare it enough on your own before meeting the solicitor, you can really cut down on fees—especially if they charge by the hour.
You can even do one yourself for a few pounds (pick up a DIY pack at a bookshop or from the internet).
Obviously, you’ll be doing it without legal advice, so be careful—but it’s a lot better than nothing.
5. You can plan your own funeral costs
Families are often saddled with the responsibility of funeral expenses.
This can be very stressful for grieving loved ones when a large bill is the last thing they want to have to think about.
In your will, you can specify where you’d like your funeral to be held, whether you’d like to be buried or cremated and whether you want part of your estate to cover the expenses.
Not only will this save your family money, but it will also save them time.
They’ll also be put at ease knowing that they’re following your exact wishes.
A single will is a perfect way to protect the estate of an individual whilst mirror wills are the perfect way to protect the estate of a couple.
With both types, either you as an individual or you and your partner are able to specify the family and loved ones you would like to benefit from your estate after your death.